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Megillah 10b-11b: 19 Ways of Contextualizing the Megillah

Do We Sing When Terrorists Die? Do You Have Power or Influence?

1 hr 35 min

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This class was presented on Sunday, Parshas Tetzaveh, 5 Adar, 5780, March 1, 2020, at the Ohr Chaim Shul, Monsey, NY

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  • Anonymous -4 years ago

     ר' אלעזר פתח לה פתחא להא פרשתא מהכא בעצלתים ימך המקרה ובשפלות ידים ידלוף הבית בשביל עצלות שהיה להם לישראל שלא עסקו בתורה נעשה שונאו של הקב"ה מך ואין מך אלא עני שנאמר ואם מך הוא מערכך ואין מקרה אלא הקב"ה שנאמר המקרה במים עליותיו

    Like the Maamar of the Baal Hatanya we can appreciate this memra much more. That our chisaron was that we were lazy and not learning when it was possible to learn which chazal says is the punishment of kares (lehashmid etc.) and our tikun was like he explains further in the Maamar that the kabalas hatorh didn't come from the inspiration above rather we were moser nefesh from ourselves and our own hard work to mekabel the torah properly with our own ratzon. Then it was nahafochu from our soneh to the ultimate revelation of his love towards us with his tremendous light. This is the Simcha of Purim.

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    Moshe -4 years ago

    Achachveirosh ruled 127 provinces

    Why dafka 127? What constituted a province, an area, a country? (How could such a  loser, such a  drunkard, such a insecure person who could be manipulated so easily come to rule over such a  large area?)

    Perhaps the number is  a  hint.

    Just as Sarah imainu "ruled" over all her 127 years with complete and perfect  control, the number is a hint that Achachveirosh had similar full control over that territory. 

    Regarding those who come to  a shiur and might be bored so a moshel about marriage, food, or children, erc., something that everyone can relate to, is used, notice that these talmidim are dafka coming, and coming voluntarily, unlike a child forced to  go  to  school or yeshiva, so how bored can they really be? There are other places to  go and things to do  at those times. 

    And, about bringing Haman as kelipa to melt and  dissolve at the second party facing kedusha: how can an intermarriage of Ester and Achachveirosh be kedusha?  In terms of strategy, Esther didn't know that dafka then Achachveirosh wouldn't be able to sleep, would have the journals brought to  him and especially what was in those journals. Hashem helped! 

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      Moshe -4 years ago

      Moshe. Those talmidim aren't really bored, it's just that sometimes the material, especially such abstract concepts that chasidus deals with, are hard to  follow. We live in a materialistic world. Hashem and ruchnious hidden.  The child isn't bored when you ask him about 2+2. He just doesn't get it. Yet.  Too abstract for the time being.  4 lollipops he understands. So a moshel isn't necessarily for the bored, it's to help the talmid understand the material. 

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Rabbi YY Jacobson

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